5Andrea Mitchell Reports
york, at the united nations a different kind of history is made. >> 138. >> palestinians celebrate after the united nations general assembly votes overwhelmingly for nonmember status des price strong u.s. and israeli opposition, palestinian authority prime minister sa lem fay yesterday is here with us to react today. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama took the show on road today. who are not impressed by the administration's opening budget officer. -- offer. joining me is kristen welker, and luke russert. first to you, the calculus in going to the suburbs of philadelphia, kristen, clearly he feels that the political play right now is better than the inside game that didn't work for him during the super committee negotiations, but can that backfire? >> right now the president feels as though he has a fair amount of leverage having won re-election so he's trying to build momentum on the road. remember, this is a tactic that worked for him during the payroll tax cut fight when he went out, took his case to the american people, so he is doing it once agai
/american view is that, by going to the united nations general assembly, calling for a vote, getting recognized ace nonmember state, he's -- he's skirting the peace process. of course he says there is no peace process. but he certainly upsetting thes and the americans a great deal by doing this. as you say for the palestinians, it is a major step forward in the international -- on the international stage but appears to be at this moment more symbolic unless they join other u.n. agencies and take action ge against israel. >> chuck schumer starting the process to start an amendment on the defense appropriations act which would take away the palestinians' money -- the palestinians on the west bank, not hamas, but the west bank have had the benefit of some american economic aid because of improvements that their prime minister fayed has achieved and cracked down on corruption, other reforms in the last couple of years, so they do risk that. i'm not sure it would go through but it is one of those things that can rocket through the u.s. congress. >> reporter: there is that. there is that t
brahimi, the united nations' diplomat, troubleshooter for syria. i imagine both secretary clinton and mr. brahimi would be lean on the russians to convince assad to leave power. he's finished in syria. there's no way he's going to emerge victorious. the only options for him are to lose and lose his life, most probability, or leave syria but certainly this civil war now more than 40,000 people dead, and with the latest problem with chemical weapons, the civil war has to be brought to an end. >> now, ambassador, both president obama and secretary of state clinton warned chemical weapons are the red line on syria. i also want to play something that defense secretary leon panetta had to say in reaction to the reports about the preparation of chemical weapons. let play that and talk about what diplomatic options are left. >> the president of the united states made very clear that there will be consequences. there will be conconsequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. i'm not going to speculate or comment on what those potentia
. >> senator, do you think that this might have passed if the words united nations were not attached to it? talk to me about this fear of the u.n. angered the u.n., some appropriate, some not, the black helicopter deal? >> there's a lot of fear that the u.n. is somehow going to encroach on united states sovereignty and prerogatives. one of the things i thought was most sad about yesterday, was here's a veteran of world war ii, grievously wounded in the war, who spent a lifetime proving to americans that injuries didn't need to stop you from living a completely fulfilled and productive life, who had to fight like crazy to come back from those wounds, and he's on the floor, this man who defended american sovereignty, and yet people were there suggesting somehow he was there less than to defend america's sovereignty with this vote. to me that was such an amazing slap in the face and a contradiction. i think it's important not to go backwards. one of the lessons you learn here in the united states senate you live to vote another day. this treaty is not dead forever. it just stopped yesterday.
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